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Please join valued HCNSW member Bathurst Library & HCNSW Speaker Jo Henwood in a presentation on ‘Invisibilising the Orphans’ on Tuesday, 16th June at 6 pm – 7:30 pm!

About this Event |

Spanning across the 19th and 20th centuries, orphanages dominated town landscapes but what happened to the buildings and the orphans? 

Once we were proud of our British middle class ability to solve social problems by recycling them through an institution – taking in an orphan or abandoned child and turning them into a docile Christian servant, not overly educated. Large buildings in Sydney, Goulburn, Orange and St Joseph’s in Bathurst dominated the landscape.

But when these orphanages became a source of shame for how we treated the most vulnerable, they disappeared from view, repurposed or razed. When the objects disappeared then the stories were silence and the children also became invisible.

This is a free and online event! Bookings are essential.

About the Speaker | Jo Henwood

Jo Henwood has been a Tour Guide since 1998, working primarily as a site Guide and Education Officer in many heritage sites around Sydney, building a rich understanding of Sydney’s history and culture, particularly around the Harbour.

She is an Accredited Storyteller with the NSW Storytelling Guild and a member of the International Museum Theatre Alliance: Asia Pacific, Museums Australia, and Australian Folklore Network.  She is co-founder of the Australian Fairy Tale Society.  

Her qualifications include BA (Library Science), Tour Guiding Cert III, Grad Dip Museum Studies, Grad Cert Gifted Ed, M. Cultural Heritage.